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Top Stars 'Unite' For D.C. Benefit Concert
Pop acts Michael Jackson, 'N Sync, Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys, and Aaron Carter will join with rock heavyweights Aerosmith, Kiss, and Mick Jagger for an Oct. 21 benefit concert for victims of tPop acts Michael Jackson, 'N Sync, Ricky Martin, the Backstreet Boys, and Aaron Carter will join with rock heavyweights Aerosmith, Kiss, and Mick Jagger for an Oct. 21 benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Dubbed United We Stand and produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, the eight-hour event will take place at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium, and will also feature R&B legends Al Green and James Brown, with more acts due to be announced.
"Music is a common language that brings people together in times of triumph and sadness," Clear Channel Entertainment chairman and CEO Brian Becker said in a statement. "We support the president's call for unity and are extremely proud to contribute in any way we can to help these stellar artists raise money to assist in recovery efforts and to show their support for the military who are risking their lives for our safety."
Tickets for the United We Stand event go on sale Friday (Oct. 21) via Ticketmaster and CC.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross Relief Fund, the Pentagon Relief Fund, and the Salvation Army Relief Fund.
Several other acts have been rumored to be taking part, including Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, and matchbox twenty, although none have yet been confirmed, according to a Clear Channel spokesperson.
Clear Channel has been involved in staging several other benefits for relief efforts in the wake of the events of Sept. 11, including the Oct. 20 Concert for New York show at the city's Madison Square Garden, and the Country Freedom event, the next night in Nashville.
Tickets for the Madison Square Garden event priced at $500 and $250 and available through Ticketmaster yesterday (Oct. 8) have sold out, as have $2,000 "Silver Tickets" available through the Robin Hood Foundation, whose relief fund will benefit from the show. Still available are $5,000 "Gold" and $10,000 "Platinum" tickets, which include access to cocktail and VIP receptions with some of the performers. For more information on those tickets, visit the organization's official Web site.
As previously reported, that show will include performances by Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, the Who, Macy Gray, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, India.Arie, James Taylor, Five For Fighting, and others yet to be announced. The Concert for New York will be broadcast live and commercial free on VH1.
Happening the same day as the newly announced United We Stand show in the nation's capitol is the Country Freedom concert at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. George Strait, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, and Brooks & Dunn are among the artists confirmed to perform there in an effort to raise funds for the Salvation Army. The show will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. on cable outlets CMT and CMT Canada.